Asantehene scolds chiefs for failing to report galamsey destruction

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, is questioning his chiefs’ objectivity over unlawful mining.

 

He questioned why the chiefs who fall under his supervision have not spoken out against the environmental harm caused by illegal miners, especially to the water bodies in their regions, and have remained mute.

 

Have you ever told me that your water resources are being destroyed and that your population lacks access to clean water? When he spoke to the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs in Kumasi on Friday, he questioned.

The Asantehene’s remarks came after the Administrator of Stool Lands pleaded with chiefs to assist in stopping unlawful mining operations that had destroyed cocoa fields and wrecked havoc on farmlands.

 

Maame Ama Edumadze Acquah said that since some cocoa estates have been damaged by unlawful mining activities, the chiefs run the risk of seeing their part of the earnings from stool lands shrink.

 

The Asantehene was incensed by the observation and questioned why chiefs who had vowed to defend his lands were silent about the activities of illegal miners.

Do you not realize that the government is fighting a losing battle against people using excavators to mine and harm the environment? You have taken an oath of fealty to be my representative and Essumenja, Asokore’s custodian. Don’t you see the devastation when you go by galamsey sites with your automobiles and flags flying? Otumfuo remarked.

 

The battle against illegal mining has proven to be difficult for the authorities.

 

Military-led initiatives like Operation Vanguard, Operation Halt, and Galamstop have not yet been able to stop the tide.

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